Android Beam brings touch to share on NFC-enabled Androids

Android Beam brings touch to share on NFC-enabled Androids
When we first heard about the newly announced Galaxy Nexus coming with NFC our first thought was Google Wallet. After the Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) demo, though, this quickly changed to Android Beam. The NFC-reliant new feature impresses with the fact that it allows you to share pretty much everything on your phone with a single tap: apps, contacts, music, videos, websites, directions.

What’s really impressive about it though is not sheer functionality - rather it’s the way it works. Simply, without any complicated menus, touch the phones, tap your screen to confirm the “beaming” and off goes the transfer.Applications for example get transferred by simply pushing an Android Market link to the other device, so the Market there opens automatically and allows you to download the APK. 

The possibilities are endless - you can share gaming scores, but also use the feature for multiplayer (woot!), chat and others. Check out the video demo below from Google's joint event with Samsung. Impressive, isn't it?

source: Android Developers via Engadget



1. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

does it only applies to a similar phone? If it does, i dont this this is something of a selling point unless the units are sold as much as the SGS 2 or the iphone 4...

2. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

i think it will apply to all the phone having nfc in them

4. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

thats a tough one, but i gues the specs on the prime can be compared with other android superphones, hopefully google doesnt make the OS limited to only a few android phones.

10. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Correct, it will apply to any Android phone that has an NFC chip inside and runs ICS.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I would imagine any Android with NFC build in will have this capability. So many of the new high end phones at least wuill have it. The makers of Bump have got to be a little nervous.

5. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nokia already have it you gotta boast something new like some 12MPX camera or some new innovations....

6. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

copied from nokia

9. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Actually beam was originally a feature on Palm's OS. And since Google hired one of the designers form Web OS he integrated this feature into ICS. So no this was not copied from Nokia.

7. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Yes, Nokia has done this with the N9. Not for say Nokia is the best and whatsoever, but it's for the sake of precision. PS : can we connect with accessories with beam, like handsets or speakers (as Nokia demonstrated when they shown the N9) ?

8. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Are we going to have problems with good touch/bad touch now? I guess there's not a problem of 2 phones of the same model touching each other?

11. contrarian72

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Too close for comfort, if you ask me - complete violation of my personal space :). I can understand the 'commerce' implications (mobile pay etc) but other applications are frivolous at best (oooooh, I transferred YOU to android market to download MY favorite multiplayer game - how lazy do you have to be?).

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